New York Defensive Lineman Visits Rutgers

Rutgers recently offered a defensive lineman from New York, and Tuesday he experienced Rutgers during a lengthy unofficial visit. He got a tour of the campus, saw the football facilities and also met with coach Greg Schiano. From there, the player headed to an ACC school and plans on visiting another Big East school Thursday. Find out what he thinks of Rutgers, and the recruiting process.

The winter break at Bronxville (N.Y.) High is allowing Kieran Borcich to take a three-state tour designed for him to learn about some of his most aggressive suitors.

And miles to the family car isn't he only thing Borcich is adding as Maryland and Boston College offered the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive lineman in the last two days.

Rutgers and Duke previously offered Borcich.

"It's a real interesting process,'' he said. "We're going to look at some schools and hopefully get some good choices.''

Borcich's three-day, three-campus journey began Tuesday in New Jersey, where he was able to get a complete tour of Rutgers.

"I spent pretty much the whole day there,'' he said. "I met with coach (Greg) Schiano for a little while and we had a good talk. I met with the dean, and we discussed some academic things, and we got to get a look at the campus, and some of the classrooms, and stuff like that.

"We got to look at the weight room, which I thought was really cool. I really like their weight lifting coach (Jay Butler).''

Borcich was able to get a better understanding, and appreciation, of the Rutgers campus. But something else created a lasting mental image.

"It's a nice campus, great football facilities, but even more important than that, I think, is that Rutgers has a great football family there,'' he said. "Really good coaches with a good mindset. I really like their philosophy over there, and I really like the players. It's a really cool place, a really nice place.''

After the visit to Rutgers, Borcich spent Wednesday at Boston College, where he was shown the campus and spent time with members of the coaching staff.

"The school has a great reputation for academics and football,'' Borcich said. "I thought the campus was beautiful. I had a chance to sit with some of the coaches, watch a little bit of game tape with them. It was really a good day.''

Thursday is the final day of the tour, with Connecticut being the scheduled stop. It will be Borcich's first visit to the Storrs campus.

"I've been in contact with the coaches, and they said, ‘Ya' know, we'd really love to have you come visit,' '' Borcich said. "I've heard good things about the place, so I'm sure I'll find something there I like.''

Although Borcich played across the defensive line at Bronxville, schools are projecting him to be a defensive end in college, unless he adds another 30 pounds.

He showed a tremendous ability to get the quarterback as a junior, registering 94 tackles, and 24 sacks.

"I play pretty much where ever you can think of on the defensive line,'' Borcich said. "Whatever a coach wants me to do, that's what I'm going to do.''

But before Borcich makes a college decision, he will do plenty more research.

He already has an outline for how he wants to spend his spring break.

"I haven't been to Duke or Maryland yet, so that's on my list,'' Borcich said. "Also, I want to come back to Rutgers and B.C. and check those places out again in the spring. I'll be pretty busy.''

Northwestern was also showing Borcich interest, but he said he hasn't heard from the Wildcats recently.


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